For years now, I’ve been really interested in trying MasterClass – and thanks to their generous buy-one-get-one-free Father’s Day sale, I’m finally trying it!
You’ve probably caught one of their ads at some point – since 2015, they’ve been streaming classes taught by over 100 experts across a range of topics. They currently have over 100 classes – everything from cooking by Gordon Ramsay, television writing by Shonda Rhimes, self-made entrepreneurship by Sara Blakely, style by Tan France, beauty & makeup by Bobbi Brown, the athlete’s mindset by Wayne Gretzky, and so many other interesting classes. It’s available as a year-long subscription, and you get access to all their classes during that time.
As one of my summer bucket list ideas, I thought it would be fun to give MasterClass a try. I was looking for something fun and different to mix into this summer… a chance to learn something new and interesting – but that was also easy to digest… because… well… it’s summer. 😉
It’s now been about a month that I’ve been using MasterClass and I just wrapped up my first class… and I’m happy to say, I’m really glad I finally tried it!
If you’re looking for an interesting way to learn more about almost any given topic, considering giving MasterClass as a unique gift, or just curious about giving it a try, here’s what I’ve found so far:
- Such a variety of classes! I easily found 15+ classes I know I’d really love to take… and I didn’t even review the entire catalog of classes, plus they will be adding more throughout the year …
- All classes are broken down into short “lessons” which average about 10 minutes each. This is super helpful since I can usually find 10-15 minutes to watch a quick lesson or two. Because classes are approximately 2-5 hours total, breaking each class into these (roughly) 20 lessons is key (at least for me) to actually completing a class.
- Videos are to-the-point & engaging to watch. As you watch a lesson, along the bottom of the screen you can see the sub-topics being discussed in that short video. Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted by what’s going on around you, so this is a nice feature. Also, at least with the videos I’ve watched so far, they are focused and substantive all while being engaging.
- Watch almost anywhere – I tend to watch on my laptop, but I’ve also watched some lessons on my phone via the app, which works seamlessly. Glad they have multiple options for watching.
MasterClass has so much interesting content … so much so that it can be easy to get overwhelmed and not even start. Plus, like everyone else, there are a million other things competing for my attention when I have some downtime (i.e. just about every app on my phone, plus everything else that comes with summertime…) Here are a few things that have helped me to actually sit down and complete a MasterClass:
- Set aside 10-15 minutes most days to watch a mini-lesson – This is probably one of the most helpful things I’ve done to help me to finish my first class. Since I know that around lunchtime/when my son is napping, I tend to have at least 30 minutes to myself – I use part of this time to watch a short lesson on most days (plus I add a reminder in my planner to prompt me too… because I need all.the.reminders.) If you’re thinking about buying MasterClass, I think it’s helpful to think through what times might work for you to watch – whether it’s a lesson per day after dinner, or maybe a few each weekend… whatever time works best for you.
- Set a monthly number of classes you want to take – I set a loose “goal” of watching 1 MasterClass per month because that feels do-able & realistic since it leaves enough time for everything else I want to do over the summer. Plus, since I hate wasting money, this just makes me feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. 😉
And now for some details about the first class I took…
DAVID BALDACCI’s masterCLASS: Mystery & Thriller Writing
I knew I definitely wanted to watch at least a few writing classes on MasterClass – and there were so many enticing options that caught my eye. After browsing a few minutes of different writing classes, the short clip I watched from David Baldacci’s class really hooked me.
I’m so glad this was the first class I decided to take – Baldacci has a way of speaking that’s really engaging yet conversational, while simultaneously packing in lots of useful information. I really enjoyed his class – not only the content he shared, but his delivery as well.
And to clarify, I’m not considering writing a thriller – I took the class because the snippets I watched were so interesting that I knew I’d likely learn (general) writing tips from his extensive experience regardless of his primary genre. It was a great call… I definitely learned so many new ideas that are helpful, and it was enjoyable to watch!
I enjoyed the entire course, and two of my favorite lessons were Writing Process and Life as a Writer.
If you’re interested in gaining some practical tips on writing amidst engaging instruction, I highly recommend Baldacci’s course!
I hope this short review of my first MasterClass was helpful to anyone considering trying it or gifting it.
Now that I’ve finished my first class, I’m glad I made the purchase. It’s been fun learning new & interesting ideas… all from the comfort of my couch. 😉
Hope you enjoy it if you decide to try it!